I love magazines. It’s light reading especially good between books. They have good information and a giggle or two but they aren’t like they used to be.
When I received a magazine, I was assured of several hours of reading. Sometimes a shopping trip was required. Not anymore.
They are so much smaller. That’s both in overall size and in thickness. There is not as much stuff between the covers and many of the articles are short. You can go to their website if you want more information or to know how to do it or to where to buy it.
I must be a dinosaur. Yes, I have a Kindle and use it but when it comes to magazines, I like the paper. I like the smell and the pretty glossy pictures. You can’t get that effect from a Kindle.
Back in those old days (that really weren’t all THAT long ago), I used to rip pages out. My old magazines were always in shreds when they went into the recycling bin. Not so today. I rarely rip anything out.
I would tear out health tips which of course I never followed and fashion advice for my body shape and age which I never used. The important thing was that I had it in case I would need it which I never did.
There would be a box of articles and stories cut out just waiting for me. Usually I moved before I was ready. When you move you throw those things out. It’s written in the ‘moving bible’ or you will need a super gigantic truck.
I miss the old-fashioned recipes. I had boxes full of recipes I wanted to try (but of course never did). Today’s recipes are from faraway places with ingredients I can’t pronounce. If quinoa was so damn good for you, why didn’t anyone eat it before now?
What happened to those easy peasy casserole thingies that you toss together and into the oven (without the can of condensed soup please)? Or those yummy salads with chopped vegetables that you could both pronounce and find at your normal grocery store?
Even the desserts aren’t as enticing. Should we really put bacon in our chocolate cupcakes with caramel and sprinkles on top?
Remember the Glamour and Seventeen fat summer issues with the new fall fashions? Today the fashions are so retro. I wore all that stuff decades ago and it didn’t look good then especially those geometric prints. I like the shoes but I wore those styles before too. The best part of today’s fashion is the inclusion of stretch in everything but there’s a reason for that.
The designers are structuring swimsuits better but the food industry is structuring our bodies differently too. I can’t remember my mother eating processed food. Ok, once in a while she bought Velveeta cheese but that was all. That quick and easy processed food does things to your body that render it…larger.
It’s hard to look good in a swimsuit unless you are 14 years old. There are only so many pleated areas you can have on a tiny square of fabric.
Of course, today’s magazines carry more articles on serious facial treatments, like lasers and scalpels. They also review cosmetics that will help erase or hide wrinkles and sun damage. I don’t remember those in the old ones. Then it was all about eye shadow colors and lipstick and hairdo’s — oh yes, lots of hairdo’s.
Maybe I have outlived the fashion cycle! My mother said it would happen and the magic of shopping would go away. What she didn’t tell was that the magic of magazines would go with it.